Major League Baseball Player Of The Week July 18th

For the first time in a couple of weeks it’s not a member of the Los Angeles Angels who gets MLB’s Player Of The Week but a Seattle Mariner, Mitch Haniger, who also plays in the American League West against Shohei Ohtani and company.

Willy Adames of the Milwaukee Brewers grabbed the National League Award.

Is Haniger a Trade Piece Or a Key Piece?

A recent Seattle Times piece talked about whether Haniger would be dealt at the deadline. At that time the Mariners were 33-35 and not close to the AL West lead at all.

Last week though Haniger single handedly almost demolished the Angels and maybe even their playoff hopes with a .455/.533/1.092 slash line. He had five hits in 15 plate appearances, including a double and two home runs last week.

He scored seven runs and drove in six runs while working a pair of walks and getting hit by a pair of pitches. He didn’t strike out in the series.

He has largely helped a Mariners team that shouldn’t really be in contention given their inexperience. Even when Jared Kelenic did come up to the Majors and was subsequently sent down again, Kelenic’s potential was seen but has not yet been realized.

Adames Helps Surging Brewers In The National League Central

Willy Adames was a .197 hitter when the Tampa Bay Rays traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers and since then he has been the Brewers best hitter.

He was a driving force for the Crew’s offense, going 8-for-13 (.615) with seven RBIs, six runs scored and a pair of homers to win Player Of The Week Honours.

Christian Yelich who lost the 2019 National League MVP to Cody Bellinger and was one of the better hitter’s in baseball when winning the 2018 MVP Award hasn’t been the same hitter so far this year.

Adames has picked up a lot of the slack as his Player Of The Week numbers indicate.


Major League Baseball Player Of The Week July 12th

David Fletcher continues the Los Angeles Angels run of Player Of Week Honours winning the award as we head into the All-Star Break.

Fletcher won for the American League while A. J. Pollock of the Los Angeles Dodgers won in the National League.

Fletcher is the second consecutive winner after Shohei Ohtani won last week and for the Week of June 14th to June 21.  Max Stassi won it in June as well.

Fletcher Hits In 24 Straight Games Doesn’t Get All-Star Nod

When the Angels signed David Fletcher to the a 5-year $26 million extension before the season started they knew what they had in Fletcher and his ability both at the plate and on the field.

In the pandemic shortened 2020, Fletcher finished the season batting .319/.376/.425 with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs in 49 games.

During the hitting streak, Fletcher has really elevated what is already a remarkable feet with last week’s games where he had five multi-hit games in six, including two four-hit games.

He collected 16 hits in 27 at-bats last week with two home runs and seven RBI. He’s hitting a ridiculous .439/.455/.592 over his hitting streak and has his season batting line up to .309/.336/.381 with two home runs, 32 RBI, four stolen bases, and 52 runs scored.

A.J. Pollock Key Part of Dodgers 22-1 Rout of The Arizona Diamondbacks

The Dodgers haven’t seen a Player Of The Week Award since 2019 when Corey Seager won.

Pollock was a three time winner of Player Of The Week with the Diamondbacks. The outfielder hit .391 with four homers, three doubles and a 1.505 OPS in six games last week. 

Pollock was one of the players who hit two homers last week when the Dodgers annihilated the Dbacks 22-1.

Pollock had battled COVID-19 in 2020 as well as seeing his personal life turned upside down when his daughter was born three plus months premature.


Major League Baseball Player Of The Week July 5th

Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels are the respective winners for the National and American Leagues for Major League Baseball and its Player of the Week Honours.

Ohtani Continues To Dazzle With His Two-Way Play

Ohtani earned his fourth career AL Player of the Week Award and his second in the last three weeks. Mike Trout accomplished the feat during his AL MVP Award-winning 2019 season with the Angels.

For Ohtani he posted a slash line of .286/.400/1.143 with eight runs scored, six home runs, eight RBI, four walks and a stolen base in six games.

Ohtani also received Player Of The Month for the month of June for the American League. He is the first Angels winner since Mike Trout in September 2018.

Ohtani had a .309 batting average with 20 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, 13 home runs, 23 RBI, four stolen bases and a .889 slugging percentage across 25 games.

Albies Nets First Player Of The Week Honours

After receiving his All-Star Game nod on the Sunday, Albies got his Player Of The Week Nomination on Tuesday to give him a great start to the week.

Albies 400 with three homers, 13 RBIs, and a 1.167 OPS in six games last week. 

Albies does not only impress with his bat but also with his glove at 2nd base. On defense in 2019 he had the best fielding percentage of all major league second basemen (.994). He has a .990 fielding percentage so far in 2021 that is tops in the league.

With the 2020 season shortened by COVID-19, Albies also missed a month due to injury. He still managed to have a .271/.306/.466 slash line with 6 home runs and 19 RBIs.


Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees Series Preview

The Los Angeles Angels are headed to the Bronx for a four game set against their American League Eastern Division rival the New York Yankees. The Angels are 37-40 and fourth in the AL West while New York is 40-37 fourth in the AL East.

The Angels come in having lost two of three in Tampa Bay against the Rays, including a 13-3 pounding on Saturday. With Sunday’s win they snapped a five game losing streak.

Los Angeles plays four against the Bronx Bombers before heading to Baltimore on the weekend.

Ohtani Continues To Amaze

He was a single short of hitting for the cycle on Sunday in Tampa Bay. With now 25 homers on the season, It took Shohei Ohtani 77 games to reach that mark. He stands alone as the only Angels player to do so. Not even Mike Trout hit this milestone in any of his seasons with the Angels.

Ohtani now boasts a slash line of .277/.363/.668 on the season. His 46 extra-base hits also lead the league.

If that isn’t enough, Ohtani has a 2.58 ERA in 11 starts with 82 strikeouts in 59 innings while pitching. Combine his pitching and hitting together he has a 5.0 WAR before the halfway mark of the season. 

This is the Ohtani we had glimpses of prior to 2021 but he was hampered by injuries, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other challenges. 

Trout’s Injury Status Updated

Mike Trout will move over to the 60 day injured list with his right calf strain but that won’t hamper his ability to return by a July 17th target date.

Trout was enjoying one of his best seasons with a slash line of .333/.466/.624 in 146 at bats before his injury on May 18th.

Yankees Taking Heat For Fourth Place Standing In The A.L. East

The Yankees return home having been outscored by The Boston Red Sox 18-7 in the three-game series at Fenway Park. It was Boston’s first time sweeping New York in consecutive series since 2011.

Boston hammered Gerrit Cole 9-2 Sunday.

New York is 5-5 in their last ten games with a team .252 batting average New York’s team on-base percentage of .318 is fourth in the American League. They have a 4.45 team ERA. They are 21-18 at home.

Cole is under scrutiny given his recent comments about the use of sticky substances and the fact that his spin rate has suffered with the league’s recent crackdown on pitchers.

DJ LeMahieu  riding a 10-game hitting streak

DJ LeMahieu was a bright spot for the Yankees against the Red Sox as he went 7-14 with one homer, two runs and four RBI in the three-game series.

He has a 333/.383/.547 line with four dingers and 15 RBI in the last 17 games leading us to believe that he is on pace for another MVP type season.

Aaron Judge leads the Yankees with 27 extra base hits and is slugging .509. He also leads the team with an OBP of .375.

The opening game of the series sees the Angels Dylan Bundy; 1-7, 6.68 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 60 strikeouts against the Yankees Michael King; 0-3, 4.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 34 strikeouts.


Major League Baseball Player Of The Week June 27th

Jake Cronenworth and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. are the respective winners for the National and American Leagues for Major League Baseball and its player of the week honours.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has really been on fire this year after making his debut in 2019. Prior to this season he has lived in his father Vladimir Guerrero Sr. shadow as well as the expectations of being the top international free agent and ranking of him as the fourth-best choice in 2015.

Why Has Guerrero Jr. Broken Out This Season?

A large part of his breakout has been a weight loss and fitness regime that saw him drop 42 pounds. The metrics may be harder to find but he has said that he feels quicker, stronger and able to bounce back easier.

He is now in striking distance of the coveted Triple Crown in baseball as he is is second in all of baseball in RBIs (66), tied for second in homers (26) and third in batting average (.336).

Guerrero Jr hit home runs in three consecutive games, drove in seven runs and has a .391/.481/.826 slash line over the week. It was Guerrero’s first Player of the Week nod since August 2019.

Cronenworth Helping To Power The Padres Fight For the National League West Crown

Like Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Jake Cronenworth is relatively new to Major League Baseball but has made his presence felt almost immediately in the Padres lineup.

He made his debut in the shortened 2020 MLB season on July 26th and by the time the season wrapped he had garnered a couple of Rookie accolades.

Cronenworth was named NL Rookie of the Month in August 2020 after hitting .356, 17 RBIs and 20 runs over 31 games. He tied with Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies for second place in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

Cronenworth slashed . 391/. 481/1.000 to go along with 7 runs scored, 4 home runs and 9 RBIs to win the player of the week this past week.

The week raised his slash line to .287/.355/.479 with 31 RBI, 53 runs scored, three stolen bases and a 27:44 BB:K. He has registered a hit in each of his last 10 games and is currently swinging one of the hottest bats in the majors.


Major League Baseball Player Of The Week June 20th

Our latest Players Of The Week have dropped in Major League Baseball with Los Angeles Angels two way star Shohei Ohtani and Washington Nationals left fielder Kyle Schwarber given the honours for the American and National League’s respectively.

Ohtani Second Consecutive Angels Winner

With Catcher Max Stassi receiving the American League Honours last week and Ohtani this week, should one have to wonder how the Angels are fairing without Mike Trout?

If anything it speaks to the Angels potential with all these players in the lineup despite their well documented pitching struggles. The Angels currently sit fourth in the American League West with a 36-38 record.

Ohtani posted a slash line of .296/.387/963 with six runs scored, eight hits, six home runs, nine RBI and a stolen base over seven games played. He tossed six innings with five strikeouts in his start on last Thursday allowing one run in the process.

He is also battling Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays for the Major League lead in home runs. They both have 23.

Nationals Kyle Schwarber Named National League Player of the Week

Left fielder Kyle Schwarber led the National League with six home runs and tied for the lead with 11 RBI to earn Player Of The Week Honours.

He also went 10-for-26 with a .414 on-base percentage, a 1.077 slugging percentage and a 1.491 OPS in seven games this week. He hit safely in six of the seven games.

Schwarber is third in the National League with 18 home runs, eighth in slugging percentage (.518) and 12th in OPS (.843). 

The last time a Nationals player won Player Of The Week Honours was August 2019 when then National Anthony Rendon won the award in August 2019.


Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics Series Preview

The Los Angeles Angels have gained some ground in the American League West and looking to be heading for sunnier days as they take on the Oakland Athletics in a key three game series.

Now sitting one game above .500 at 33-32, they swept two of the weaker teams in baseball in the Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

They face a tougher test in Oakland though who is 40-27 and leads the AL West by two games over the Houston Astros and six games over the Angels.

What Makes the Athletics So Tough?

Oakland has hit 85 home runs this season, seventh in Major League Baseball. The Athletics are 8-2 in their last 10 games with a .266 batting average, a 2.53 ERA and a plus 26 run differential.

Matt Olson leads the club with 18, homers averaging one every 12 at bats.Olson has his team-leading 17th and 18th homers of the year Sunday.

Matt Chapman, the other Matt in Oakland, has 12 hits in 40 at-bats (.306 AVG), including three doubles, two homers and eight RBI in the month of June.

Chapman was hitting .203/.315/.341 with six doubles, five homers and 21 RBI in April and May. He had walked 31 times and struck out in 70 at-bats.

Chapman put the boots to the Kansas City Royals with seven hits in 13 at-bats in their weekend series with three doubles, two homers and five RBI and one strike out.

The Athletics though are 10-13 against A.L. West teams in 2021.

What Do The Angels Bring?

The Angels and their offence bring a lot in this six game win streak, all without Mike Trout. Trout has been sidelined by a calf injury since May 17, with the Angels posting a 14-9 mark since.

Who then is providing the Angels with much needed offence? Max Stassi has returned from injury and been on a tear. Stassi hit a 440-foot homer to center against the Diamondbacks on the weekend.

Between a sprained thumb in April and a concussion in May, he is starting to get going. He as a .339 Batting Average, Five Home Runs, and OPS Of 1.042 in 62 at bats. He is also the American League Player Of The Week.

Jared Walsh has a .293/.363/.556 slash line with 43 RBI, 34 runs scored and two stolen bases over 251 plate appearances. With Albert Pujols release and subsequent move to the Dodgers, first base now belongs to Walsh.

Shohei Ohtani continues to be the true Angels MVP candidate and All-Star with 17 home runs and a slugging percentage of .608.

He has a .961 OPS, .353 On-Base Percentage and a WAR of 3.8. He has also struck out 68 batters in 47⅓ innings with a 2.85 ERA as a pitcher. 

The American League MVP should really come down to Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Guerrero, ranks first in batting average (.344), on-base percentage (.450) and slugging (.688), for a major league-best OPS of 1.137. He also leads the majors with 21 home runs and 55 RBI,

Game one goes tonight Dylan Bundy for the Angels who is 1-6 with a 6.16 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 55 strikeouts against the Athletics Sean Manaea who is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts.


Major League Baseball Player Of The Week June 13th

Our latest Players Of The Week have dropped in Major League Baseball with the Miami Marlins Starling Marte and Los Angeles Angels Catcher Max Stassi given the honours for the National and American League’s respectively.

Angels Stassi A Key For The Team If It Wants To Make The Playoffs

The Los Angeles Angels continue to flirt with the .500 mark and try and get into the playoffs but without Max Stassi and other players in May they really floundered.

Stassi’s impact was immediate when he came back into the lineup after a concussion.

In five games, Stassi went .455 (10-for-22) with three homers, three doubles, eight RBIs and a 1.478 OPS.

The Angels lineup to start the season boasted Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, Jared Walsh, and Max Stassi and it showed with a 13-12 April.

Stassi’s value should also be examined not only for his offence but his defence and his ability to handle the pitching staff and frame their pitches well behind the plate.

Trent Rush from the Angels Recap Podcast noted that the Angels record is 14-6 when Stassi starts. Stassi has also boosted the Angels starter win rate from 8 wins earlier in the season to 10.

Marlins Marte Making Rib Injury Look Like A Thing Of The Past

Marlins center fielder Starling Marte was hurt with a rib injury at the end of April and most of May.

In seven games last week, the veteran outfielder posted a .500 batting average (14-for-28) with two homers, one double, five RBIs and a 1.298 OPS. He also stole four bases.

He has a .360/.454/.600 slash line. On top of that, he has hit five home runs, driven in 12 runs, and stolen six bases.

Marte has the third-best OBP in MLB, third-best batting average, and fifth-best OPS.

Defensively he was recognized for two Gold Gloves in 2015 and 2016.

This is his first Player Of The Week win and the same goes for Stassi.


Major League Baseball Player Of The Week June 6th

Our latest Players Of The Week have dropped in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom and Baltimore Orioles outfielder/designated hitter Ryan Mountcastle given the honours for the National and American League’s respectively. 

Mountcastle Rips The Cover Off The Baseball

With the Orioles currently sitting last in the A.L. East 16.5 games back of the division leading Tampa Bay Rays, Mountcastle and previous Orioles Player of the Week winner John Means offer some hope for The O’s with Mountcastle looking better as a potential trade chip. 

The Orioles went on a 6-22 run that included 14 consecutive losses to finish May. Sure the trade deadline is July 30th, but Mountcastle is an attractive piece for teams who may need him.

This past week he went hit safely in all six games he played last week and went 11-for-24 (.458) with four homers, three doubles, 10 RBIs and a 1.563 OPS.

Left-hander John Means previously won Player Of The Week honours after throwing a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on May 5.

Cubs See The Wisdom In Triple A Callup

Called up from Triple-A Iowa on May 25, the 29-year-old Wisdom has put together a historic start in his time so far in Chicago. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wisdom is one of three players, along with Trevor Story (2016 for the Rockies) and Aristides Aquino (2019 for the Reds), who have hit as many as seven homers within their first eight starts with a team.

Six of Wisdom’s dingers came within the past week, a span in which he went 10-for-23 (.435) with a 1.719 OPS. He went deep twice last Monday against the Padres and repeated the feat with two homers Sunday against the Giants.

Wisdom is the second Cubs player to win the NL Player of the Week Award this season joining Kris Bryant.


Major League Baseball Player Of The Week May 30th 2021

I have written a lot of baseball related content and stories over the past few years for a couple of different websites.

While I am not writing for those sites anymore, I still do enjoy writing baseball and will continue to do so here.

First up is a regular feature of mine I used to write on the American and National League Players Of The Week in Major League Baseball.

Woodruff Wins National League Nod

Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff grabbed the honours for the National League, not surprising given his Cy Young like numbers to start the season.

Woodruff’s week includes some stunning numbers such as 14 scoreless innings while striking out 18 of the 48 batters he faced. He now has an ERA of 1.27. Woodruff’s opponents’ slash for the week was .109/.146/.109.

Woodruff has been tough all season with a FIP of 2.19 in 76 innings as well as a WHIP of 0.737.

Abreu Nabs Third Player Of The Week For The Chicago White Sox

Like Yermín Mercedes and Carlos Rodón before him this season, José Abreu has been awarded Player Of The Week Honours.

Abreu went 9-for-24 with two doubles, two home runs, and 10 RBIs as his team went 6-1 in its homestand.

Abreu won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2014, the Silver Slugger Award in 2014, 2018, and 2020, and the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2020.

This is his sixth win for Player Of The Week.